Brussels, 1 February 2006
5825/06 (Presse 31)
Fluorinated greenhouse gases
On the day of the official opening of conciliation between the Council and the European Parliament regarding the draft Regulation on certain fluorinated greenhouse gases and the draft Directive on emissions from air conditioning systems in motor vehicles (yesterday), both institutions succeeded in reaching agreement in the Conciliation Committee.
The agreement must now be endorsed by a majority of votes cast within the Parliament and by qualified majority within the Council.
The draft legal acts are intended to be significant elements of the first phase of the European Climate Change Programme, which was established in June 2000, by introducing cost-effective measures aimed at reducing emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases (FGG) so as to contribute to the achievement of the European Community and Member States commitments within the framework of the Kyoto Protocol, while preventing distortion of the internal market.
To that end, the Regulation, as redrafted in conciliation, addresses the containment, use, recovery and destruction of the FGG listed in Annex A to the Kyoto Protocol. It further regulates the labelling and disposal of products and equipment containing these gases; the reporting of information on those gases; the control of uses of sulphur hexafluoride; the placing on the market prohibitions of products and equipment containing, or whose functioning relies upon, FGG; and the training and certification of personnel and companies involved in activities provided for by the draft Regulation.
The draft Directive applies specifically to FGG emissions from air conditioning systems fitted to vehicles. It establishes a gradual system of elimination of air conditioning equipment with a global warming potential higher than 150.
Regarding the regulation, the agreement reached at the conciliation stage includes, in particular:
Regarding the Directive, the agreement includes:
 The Conciliation Committee has 50 members: 25 members of the European Parliament and 25 representatives from the Council. The meeting was co-chaired by Prof. Antonios TRAKATELLIS, Vice-President of the European Parliament and Josef PRÖLL, Austrian Minister for Environment.